Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dog Breed

Breed Information

While the Chesapeake Bay Retriever originated in this country, he came from stock destined to sail from England. There is no complete and authentic record of his development; at the same time his breed origin as here described is probably correct and at the present time is the one that is generally accepted. In 1807 an English brig was wrecked off the coast of Maryland and the crew and cargo was rescued. Also rescued were two Newfoundland puppies and were presented to the gentlemen who gave hospitality to the sailors. Many of the nondescript dogs then used for retrieving were bred to them. It is likely that the Flat-Coated and Curly-Coated Retrievers constituted the most important outcrosses, if any were purposely used. By 1885, a definite dog was developed.

This dog is known for his prowess in the rough, cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Often these dogs were called upon to fetch hundreds of ducks from the icy waters of the bay in one days time. A happy disposition, intelligent, and a medium size dog that needs at least one hour of outdoor activity daily.

Height: males 23-26 inches; females, 21-24 inches.

Weight: males, 65-80 pounds; females, 55-70 pounds.

Coat types- short, thick, wavy, brown, dark brown, tan which sheds a little.

Costs- averages $30.00 a month.

Training Information

American Chesapeake Club, Inc.(M)

Corres. Secretary, Audrey Austin - 18331 Hwy 94., Dulzura, CA 91917

Breeder Contact, Janet Cole, American Chesapeake Club, P.O. Box 523, Florissant, MO 63032-0523, (314) 653-171   


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